Melody Y. Hou, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G.


Family Planning


Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Medical Student Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology
To see if Melody Y. Hou is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 2500
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Glassrock Building - Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic (Women's Clinic)

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 4200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Phone: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

General gynecology with a subspecialty in family planning. Dr. Hou's research interests include: contraceptive advances and utilization; employing technology to assist in family planning; abnormal intrauterine pregnancy; medical management of early pregnancy failure; and medical student education. 


Family Planning


M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 2003

M.P.H., Clinical effectiveness, Concentration in Epidemiology, Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston MA 2008

B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston IL 1999


Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA 2004-2007


Family Planning, Brigham and Women?s Hospital, Boston MA 2007-2009

Board Certifications

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology,

Professional Memberships

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Society of Family Planning

Honors and Awards

APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, 2013

APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, Boston University School of Medicine, 2012

ASCCP Louis Burke Award in Excellence in Colposcopy, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2007

The Endocrine Society Medical Student Achievement Award, Harvard Medical School, 2003

Hollis L. Albright Award, 2001

The Endocrine Society Student Research Fellowship Award, 2000

Select Recent Publications

Sonalkar, S., Hou, My.Y. Borgatta L., Administration of the etonogestrel contraceptive implant on the day of mifepristone for medical abortion: a pilot study. Contraception. 2013;88(5):671-673.

Borgatta L., Ronari D., Sonalkar S., Mark A, Hou MY, Finneseth M. Vragovi O. Mifepristone vs. osmotic dilator insertion for cervical preparation prior to surgical abortion at 14-16 weeks: a randomized trial. Contraception. 2012;86:567-71.

Edlow, A.G., Hou, M.Y., Maurer, R., Benson, C., Delli-Bovi, L., Goldberg, A.B. Uterine Evacuation for Second-Trimester Fetal Death and Maternal Mortality. Obstet Gynecology. 2011;117(2):307-316.

Hou, M.Y., Hurwitz, S., Kavanagh, E., Fortin, J., Goldberg, A.B. Using Daily Text-Message Reminders to Improve Adherence with Oral Contraceptives: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecology. 2010;116 (3):633-640

Grimes, D.A., Hou, M.Y., Lopez, L.M., Nanda, K. Do Clinical Experts Rely on the Cochrane Library? Obstet Gynecology. 2008;111(2):420-22.

Ciccone N.A., Lacza C.T., Hou M.Y., Gregory S.J., Kam K.Y., Xu S., Kaiser U.B. A Composite Element that Binds Basic Helix Loop Helix and Basic Leucine Zipper Transcription Factors Is Important for GnRH Regulation of the FSH??Gene. Mol Endocrinol. 2008;22(8):1908-23.

Rosenzweig, A.C., Huffman, D.L., Hou, M.Y., Wernimont, A.K., Pufahl, R.A., O’Halloran, T.V. Crystal Structure of the Atx1 Metallochaperone Protein at 1.02 A Resolution. Structure Fold Des. 1999;7:605-17.